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Question No. 449
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question If I may ask a question on the answer to question 418. The question referring to hats and jackets for davening.   People refer to a siman in Shulchan Aruch to support the custom or halachah of wearing at least a hat for davening referring to a law of a double head covering or the like. Can the Rav please explain and resolve my confusion. Thank you so much. Anonymous
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Question No. 432
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 23 Apr 2004
The Question Often, towards the end of davening, there are several kaddishes said in rapid succession of each other. If I am still davening, must I answer amen at every permissible point or not, since I can hardly utter a full sentence without having to answer amen? Moshe Peretz Mann, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 429
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted 23 Apr 2004
The Question Why do some shuls not say the prayer for the State of Israel on Shabbos? If it's a problem with asking for things on Shabbos then why is a regular Mi SheBerach different? Thank you. Aaron, Israel
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Question No. 425
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Why on Shabbat does the Shmonei Esrei not come in the form of requesting and just in the form of statements? Gidon Lyons, Jerusalem
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Question No. 418
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Where does the Minhag of wearing hats and jackets to Davening originate from? Thank You. Anonymous
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Question No. 404
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I am not a Rabbi, but in my Jewish community, something strange happens...: In the Beth-HaKnesset of my Jewish community (Orthodox), from some months, comes to pray a Goy converted by the Conservative Jews... We do not count him for the Minyan. But, during the Tfilah in the morning, he uses to wear the Tefillin (Ksherim). Is it allowed for a Conservative Jew (a Goy, in this case) to wear the Tefellin? Thanks! Mordechai, Italy
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Question No. 388
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Since I am in the parsha of shidduchim, may I leave my cell-phone on during davening as it might be a shidduch call which the shadchan will forget about completely if I don't answer? Anonymous, Haifa
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Question No. 384
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Many places in the siddur, as well as in common parlance, we use the phrase "Ribono shel olam."  Why is it "Ribono?"  Doesn't that mean His mastery?  Shouldn't it be "Ribon shel olam?" Robert, USA
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Question No. 380
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question If the purpose of tefilla is to change ourselves and raise ourselves up to be mekabel Hashems gifts,then why is their a chiuv to daven btzibur or with a specific nusach? What if one finds it easier to focus and daven bychidus or in his own words? Yossi, New York
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Question No. 364
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I am flying to Italy arriving one half hour after Netz ( 8:30 ) However I leave Israel one hour before Netz in Israel which is 6:30 AM . When should I daven. If I should daven in Italy , can I eat the breakfast before. I need the answer today since I am flying late tonight. Thank you Yaakov, Jerusalem  
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Question No. 363
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I learned in school that when it is time for kedusha - one raises themselves on their toes for kadosh, baruch, and yimloch. For some reason, many women in various shuls bow at the waist. Are they doing something that is incorrect? Is what they are doing equivilant to the lifting of one's feet? Another Question: I also learned that by Kadish - when we say "Amen, yehay..." you're supposed to bow low like you do by barchu. Many men and women just stand there - I've seen it in a lot of shuls. Are they doing something wrong too? If these things are not done in the correct way - should I enlighten them?   Michal, Switzerland
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Question No. 356
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Kvod HaRav, Shalom U'Vracha, Does one need to stand inside the shul/beis medrash to be included in the minyan, or is it enough to be standing by the door or within sight and sound of the other people davening? Akiva, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 345
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question What is the bare minimum of men necessary answering amen to the chazras hashatz, i.e. how many have to have finished their 18 before the chazzan can begin? Thanks for a wonderful service to Klal Yisroel ! T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 338
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question As a gabbai, I decide who I want to call up for an aliya on shabbat by taking their card from a box. Can I change my mind if I so desire? Anonymous, Netanya
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Question No. 309
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question Why do we read from the Torah every Shabbat? Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 301
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question During aseret y"teshuva after sim-shalom we say sefer chaim e.t.c. the words gezerot tovot seems superfluous. If u have chaim, bracha, parnasah, yeshua, nechama, thats already gerezot tovot? Avi Amor, London
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Question No. 299
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question In Kedusha on Shabbos: do you bow by 'baruchu hu', or rise to your toes? Also, is it a real thing to bow right and left by 'vzeh el zeh v'amar'? Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 285
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Late 2003
The Question In our Shule there is a big "machlokes". People that come after Kedusha for Mincha wait till after Chazaras Hashatz and make what they call a "Hoiche Kedusha" Is this permissible since everyone has already davened. David, New York
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Question No. 277
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question Why do we hold the front 2 tzitzis by boruch sheamar? Yaakov
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Question No. 260
Category Tefillah (Prayer Laws/Customs)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question I would like a translation of the kaddish prayer& a philosophical explanation of its importance. Anonymous, California
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